Blurred Vision Watercoloring

by Beate Johns

Create a diffused watercolor look on solid or outline images, super quick and super easy.


  • Stamps

  • Cardstock

  • Dye Ink

  • Aqua Painter or watercolor brush


  1. Step 1

    Stamp an image in dye ink.

  2. Step 2

    Go over the stamped image with an Aqua Painter or watercolor brush. The ink will run a bit to give a watercolored look.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat Step 1 and 2 if you want more than one image.

    Only stamp and blur one image at a time. The image will blur better if you go over it right after stamping.

  4. Step 4

    This technique works for solid and outline images alike.

  5. Step 5

    When blurring outline images, try pulling the ink from the stamped lines to the inside of the image to color it in.

  6. Step 6

    Finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Blurred Vision Watercoloring. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love this simple technique. Which stamp set is the hummingbird from???
Jane  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 6:57 AM
wow that is so cool idea ty beate u make such beaitifull card's i'm feeling much better now that i can go ahead and make more card's now just love it smile)
Roberta  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 8:51 AM
Thanks so much for this great tutorial! It is very helpful--can't wait to try this--I have quite a few stamps that this will work well with. Hope you are having a wonderful summer, Beate! I have missed your updates and cards!
Robin (robth)  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 11:57 AM
This is so easy but makes a big impact! Thank you for this wonderful technique and tuturial!

Krystal  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 12:11 PM
Looks very interesting. My group will love it.
Gloriajean  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 3:04 PM
Great idea! Easy to follow directions. Thanks for sharing...
S.B.  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 6:14 PM
this looks sooo easy........WHAT KIND OF PAPER DID YOU USE?? SU Whisper White, watercolor paper or other?

thanks again!!
squirrellyshirley  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 7:08 PM
Beate----you are amazing with your ideas and techniques. Thanks for always sharing!!!
Susie Reno  |  Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 6:38 AM
Fabulous tutorial, and your card is beautiful Beate!!
Rose Ann  |  Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 2:10 PM
I used Shimmery White cardstock.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 3:13 PM
I reallly enjoy seeing all the new techniques you come up with. This one especially looks fun and easy.
Cheryl Rotnem  |  Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 6:32 PM
Wow! love this tech. I use water color pencils a lot. Now I am going to try this way. Thanks for the directions. Beautiful card.
Patty  |  Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 12:55 PM
The SCS resource forum is priceless! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable tool! I love learning new techniques. The easy-to-follow directions by Beate and others are exceptional!
Pat (mspfd)  |  Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 2:22 PM
I think this is great. I am always looking for something new for when my kids want to help. This is simple enough they could do it and I know they will love it! Thanks for sharing with us!
Rachel Sparks  |  Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 3:36 PM
Thank you Beate. Off to try out this Technique. Always So Look forward to seeing what you come up with next. You make my week with all your wonderful and different creative ideas. THANK YOU!
Geraldine Sewell  |  Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 11:20 PM
Does it matter what kind of cardstock you use? Should it be watercolor paper? or will ultrasmooth work ok?
Moe  |  Mon Jul 14, 2008 at 6:41 PM
Hi Moe,

I would use thicker cardstock. Ultrasmooth will work, but might buckle. I would use Shimmery, Natural or confetti white or ivory and Watercolor paper.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 6:04 AM
anyone from melbourne on this line?
suzieq  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 8:16 PM
I am a first timer here and I want to say how I really enjoyed this tutorial. Instructions very straight forward and easy to follow. Thanks again.
xmasangel  |  Sun Jul 20, 2008 at 4:23 AM
Thanks for a great card. I found the instructions very easy to follow and that is great as I am a first timer for making cards. I enjoy it very much and hope to do more. Thanks again.
xmasangel  |  Sun Jul 20, 2008 at 4:28 AM

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